Funding has been approved to design the multimillion-dollar
extension of the West Harbour shared pathway from St Leonards
to Port Chalmers, with construction possibly to start within
the next four years.
New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) Otago-Southland highway
manager Ian Duncan said the design work for what would be the
final section of the State Highway 88 shared cycling/walking
path was expected to be mostly completed by June next year.
Tenders for the work, which would cost about $500,000, were
expected to be sought next month.
He said the design work could proceed this year as funding
came available after other walking and cycling projects
elsewhere in the country did not proceed as quickly as
There was some uncertainty around how long it would take to
secure resource consents, but the NZTA was proposing funding
for the construction of it be included in the 2015-18
national land transport work programme.
The NZTA previously estimated the work, involving significant
land reclamation, to be worth about $6 million to $7 million.